Arts & Culture / Outdoor Adventure January 27, 2017

Top 7 things to do within a 7 minute walk of the NEW Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre has always been a favourite Halifax attraction for both the young and the young at heart. Now that they’re preparing to move into their new home on the waterfront this February, there’s even more to be excited about.

A new space, new permanent exhibits and displays for kids of all ages; it seems as though everyone is buzzing about this grand opening! Since we all know you’ll be visiting the Discovery Centre, here are 7 other places to visit within a 7 minute walk of this cool, new space:

1. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Located just a short stroll down the boardwalk from the Discovery Centre, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has something for locals and visitors alike. With permanent collections devoted to the Titanic, the Halifax Explosion and Shipwreck Treasures, as well as fascinating pop-up exhibits there’s plenty for everyone to explore!

For hours and admission, visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic’s website.

2. Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
Practically a next-door neighbour of the new Discovery Centre, don’t miss a trip to the Seaport Farmers Market. Baked goods, local produce, amazing coffee and a beautiful rooftop patio – this place has it all.

Click here for a list of the market vendors and for the largest selection, visit the market on a Saturday morning.

3. Elements on Hollis
Diagonally across from the Discovery Centre, in the beautiful Westin Nova Scotia, you’ll find Elements on Hollis. With a focus on working with local suppliers, Elements on Hollis helps to support local agriculture – even the wine list features numerous Nova Scotian selections. Feeling hungry? Check out the menu here.

4. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Just a few steps down from the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will help you learn about the path immigrants took to Canada. You can also use the Scotiabank Family History Centre to help uncover your roots as well – a trip worth taking for the whole family.

5. Garrison Brewing Co.
Need to wet your whistle after exploring the Discovery Centre? Head to Garrison Brewing Co. Across from the Seaport Farmer’s Market, Garrison has a flavor for every taste – and a lovely patio in the summer, too! If you’re bringing the kids along, that’s okay, too: they brew their own craft sodas! The root beer is a personal favourite.

6. I Heart Bikes
Looking to travel just a little bit further? From May through October, I Heart Bikes offers a variety of tours around Halifax and Dartmouth. Looking to explore on your own? No worries – grab a rental and head out!

Devin McLean Photography

7. Murphy’s Cable Wharf Harbour Hopper Tour
If a tour is what you’re looking for, the Harbour Hopper should be your next stop. Open May to October; the interactive tour escorts passengers around the downtown on an amphibious vehicle! One second you’re on the street, and before you know it, you’re cruising on the harbour!

It’s a great way to see the city by land and sea. You can view the complete schedule here.


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